Dear beloved in Christ:
You are all by now aware that the weather this weekend is going to be severely affected by now Hurricane Harvey. Weather forecasters are warning that it will likely intensify to category 3 by the time it makes landfall late tomorrow or early Saturday. Bexar county is included in a number of severe weather warnings and watches being issued by the National Weather Service.
Local rainfall estimates may be potentially dangerous and flooding will be an issue. I am certain that many of you have family and friends who may evacuate to San Antonio. Helping your family and friends and tending to other pressing matters brought on by the weather will, rightly, be your main concern.
Therefore, in consideration of all this and to ensure the safety of you and your family, I am going to make the following changes for this Sunday:
1. The Blessing of the Backpacks and Educators will be rescheduled to Sunday, September 10th. We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to celebrate Back to School time safely.
2. There will be only ONE SERVICE this Sunday at 10 am. I want to make sure that everyone has time to ensure safe travel to worship. All other Sunday morning activities will be cancelled.
I will keep you posted as things develop.
Please join me in praying for all those in the path of Harvey and for those who love them:
Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who care for us: Preserve us from all fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hid from us the light of your gracious love. Be with all those who are in the path of Hurricane Harvey and shield them from harm. Strengthen us all to respond to those who will need our help in the storms aftermath; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with You and the Holy Spirit live and reign for ever. Amen.